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- Distrust: Is It Time to Rethink Email? Or Throw It Out Altogether? Feb 16 I was recently briefed on yet another painful breach; an employee, thinking they were responding to a request from the CEO, provided confidential information on employees to an attacker who apparently intended to use it to steal their identities. A new report from ProofPoint has concluded that the use of CEOs is declining for this kind of attack, and that sounds like good news, until you read further and realize that this is because attackers now have the ability to identify supervisors and more tightly target these phishing attacks using the names of more immediate superiors. You can no longer be sure the email you are receiving is from the person on the email, regardless of who they are or where it appears to have come from.
- Morphisec: Rethinking Endpoint Security Feb 14 I've been in, around, or covering security products ranging from physical tools to cyber security tools for much of my life, and one thing remains constant. We really don't rethink our approaches very often. We also tend to keep doing really stupid things even when we know they aren't working and might be making things worse. For instance, giving security guards guns, knowing there is no budget to train them and that you don't exactly get top-level employees at minimum wage (one of my guys killed a transformer while playing with his gun in the bathroom). We've known for some time that we can't keep up with malware, that perimeter defenses are inadequate, and that we won't staff the manpower needed to track down the alerts our SIEM products report, particularly on the client.
- Apple's Class-Action Lawsuit: Never Intentionally Break Your Product Feb 10 Apple has been sued for allegedly breaking FaceTime on iOS 6 and iPhones running earlier versions of iOS in order to cut costs and force upgrades. If this turns out to be true, it will be far from the first time I've seen this strategy implemented. And it always has turned out badly. Let's talk about why you never intentionally break a product in order to extort money out of a customer. (The word "extort" should be your first clue.)
- Not investing in employees' mental health is bad business CIO | Feb 17 A series of studies shows that millennials and CEOs have something in common: depression. Columnist Rob Enderle writes that not investing in them isn't just bad business, it is stupid management.
- How To Break The Apple Google Smartphone Dominance In 3 Easy Steps TG Daily | Feb 17 Earlier today I read yet another article on how the Smartphone market is dominated by two vendors, Google with around 84% of the market and Apple with 17% of the market, making it impossible for anyone else to enter. It is interesting to note that when we had the great iPhone lead Smartphone pivot last decade they took over leadership from Microsoft, Palm, and RIM (BlackBerry) who were dominant at the time and they basically repeated what happened in the PC segment with the only exception being Google taking Microsoft's place as the company that first copied and then displaced Apple.
- Intel's CEO Steps Up to Strengthen Brand Datamation | Feb 16 Brian Krzanich is taking on a more visible role, a decision that could serve him well later in life.
- Why the New LG Watch Sport Is More Magical than the Apple Watch techspective | Feb 14 The success of Apple over the last decade was due to two major aspects of the company. Steve Jobs' unwavering focus on creating products that could be perceived as magical and the practice he implemented of cannibalizing an existing successful product to create something better. The iPhone was everything the very successful iPod was and more. This was broken by the iPad which was basically a bigger iPod and the Apple Watch which didn't really build on any of the earlier products. But if you look at the new LG Watch Sport, it basically builds on the smartphone and it can be a standalone offering having built in cellular capability and working much like the iPod originally did as a stand-alone device with the potential to grow into much more.
- AWS Unveils Chime Conferencing Service E-Commerce Times | Feb 16
- Why San Francisco keeps losing tech conferences San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 16
- Apple shares rally following Warren Buffett firm's stock purchases San Jose Mercury News | Feb 15
- Cisco Systems' sales slip, but still top Wall Street expectations San Jose Mercury News | Feb 15
Rob Enderle on…
Intel and its fourth quarter results
[Intel had] "an impressive quarter." [The performance of the company's PC segment suggests] "the belief that [the PC market] has bottomed and is, again, moving toward growth."
Cloud computing, internet of things boost Intel's results San Jose Mercury News
Yahoo's breaches and the Verizon acquisition of its main operating business delay
"The bigger things are the breaches; those have Verizon reconsidering the deal—I think the merger is at risk; the delay would point to that as still a possibility."
Updates to Google+
[While positive, the changes are more] "along the lines of a hotel saying they're going to repaint the bathrooms and get rid of the smell. They may lead fewer people to leave the service, but aren't compelling enough to bring people back.
Google Gives Google+ Some Nips and Tucks TechNewsWorld
[The problem with Twitter is they aren't making enough money.] "When you're losing your executive staff and you're doing layoffs to break even—that's selling off your future. Layoffs are not a way to grow. They are trending in the wrong direction."
Can Twitter remain a viable business? CBC Radio
Facial recognition technology
"It's going to eventually replace passwords and fingerprints. It will be in everything. Today's 2D is not very reliable, but with increasing 3D reliability, we'll start to get something that's useful."
Los Gatos startup debuts 3D facial camera San Jose Mercury News
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